HPU women sink Buccaneers, 71-54
Cheyenne Parker continued her campaign for Big South Player of the Year, scoring a game-high 25 points and leading the High Point University women’s basketball team to its third consecutive victory, 71-54, over Charleston Southern on Thursday night at the Millis Center.
The Panthers (8-6, 2-1 BSC) were without Parker for a majority of the first half because of foul trouble, but were able to rattle off a 19-0 run in the first half to propel to victory. Stacia Robertson led the charge during the run, scoring 13 points in the first half, finishing with 18 on the night. Charleston Southern turned the ball over 22 times, leading to 26 points the other way for the Panthers, who never trailed.
“Every game we try to be dictator on defense. Tonight we executed the game plan and came up big on D.” First year head coach DeUnna Hendrix said.
The Panthers shot 43 percent from the field, and racked up 38 points in the paint to propel to victory.
“Obviously any win in the conference is a good win,” Parker said. “Our team at a personal level is growing as a team, and I was glad to see we executed well tonight.”
Parker was unable to pick up a double-double for just the second time this season, only recording eight rebounds – but scored 25 points in 25 minutes of play. She picked up her second personal foul just six minutes in, forcing Hendrix to take her out of the game. Parker did not return for the rest of the half.
“We have a lot of weapons on this team,” Hendrix said. “Cheyenne is a huge one. We practice a lot if she were to get in foul trouble, and I was happy to see others step up tonight.”
Robertson and Tayler Tremblay picked up the slack for the missing All-Conference forward, combining for 24 points on the night. Tremblay, who has assumed the point guard position from injured senior Erin Reynolds, led the team with six assists.
“I don’t think she was expecting to be put in that position,” Hendrix said of Tremblay, “But she is really adjusting well.”
Tremblay led the effective pick-and-roll offense to easy buckets under the basket by Parker and Roberston, exploiting the Charleston Southern 2-3 zone defense.
“Two points is easier than three,” Parker said. “We always look post first. My teammates did a good job finding us under the basket.”
Charleston Southern had three players in double figures, but were unable to avenge its 22 turnovers. The Lady Bucs slip to 5-6 on the season, 0-2 in the Big South Conference.
HPU will continue conference play on Saturday by hosting Gardner-Webb at 3:30 p.m.